|All smiles. Aldrich Taloding, after performing "Dance With My Father," receives a gift from Ellen DeGeneres.|
Aldrich Lloyd Talonding, together with his cousin James Walter Bucong, finally appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" last Thursday.
Aldrich, 14, rose to fame after his video singing a heartfelt rendition of Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father" became viral. His cousin James, 18, showcased his skills on the guitar.
Eventually, talk show host-comedienne Ellen DeGeneres became impressed too with the performance, and invited the two to guest in her show.
Aldrich shared how their lives changed after the video got viral.
"People started recognizing us along the streets or in the malls. They even recognize us in the restrooms," Aldrich said in fluent English accent.
"That's weird," he cracked, as the audience laughed.
"Honestly, many people do recognize me, especially, girls. So, it feels awkward when they say that they love me," James shared.
Aldrich also talked about his father, who passed away last June.
"When you posted this song, your dad had not been diagnosed, right?" asked Ellen.
"He was not yet sick when we posted the video. And then, after he died, with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, it really means a lot to me," said Aldrich.
"I didn't realize that the song would become true," he added.
The duo performed "Dance With My Father" and got a standing ovation from the audience.
Ellen surprised them with a gift set, which includes a set of music goodies - a guitar, an amplifier, keyboard and more, plus a $10,000 check.